Advance Wars

Game Boy Advance
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8.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 136 Ratings

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  • Summary: The battle lines have been drawn, and an elite group of sly strategists are massing troops at your borders. You'll have to command ground, air and naval forces if you hope to survive the coming wars, and it won't be easy. With 114 maps to battle on and both Single-Pak and Multi-Pak linkThe battle lines have been drawn, and an elite group of sly strategists are massing troops at your borders. You'll have to command ground, air and naval forces if you hope to survive the coming wars, and it won't be easy. With 114 maps to battle on and both Single-Pak and Multi-Pak link modes, Advance Wars brings turn-based strategy to a depth never before seen on a handheld! Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. One of the best aspects of Advance Wars is the sheer amount of things you can do. If you choose not to play the Campaign mode, you can still fight and earn battlefields in the War Room, or can get friends together and play multiplayer on either one GBA or link up to four GBAs at one time.
  2. 100
    Handheld game or not, the depth and complexity of Advance Wars is astonishing.
  3. From trying to unlock every CO to buying all the War Room and Vs. maps to trying to earn the best rank possible, there are enough features in this game to make three games. Advance Wars is pretty much perfect in every category.
  4. The replay value is great and this game will last forever.
  5. In terms of sheer depth and pure gameplay, there really is nothing else on the GBA to touch Advance Wars.
  6. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    73
    I never had so much fun NOT playing a game. You see, whether you share one GBA or link several up, you don't get to do anything when it's not your turn. [Oct 2001, p.156]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. [Anonymous]
    Sep 4, 2002
    10
    A very good game.
  2. JoeT.
    Aug 14, 2007
    10
    A highly addictive, yet extremely complex game for the GBA. This game perfectly fits the mold of 'easy to learn, hard to master'.
  3. KevinG.
    Apr 30, 2004
    10
    A great game that keeps you on your toes.
  4. Jun 28, 2014
    10
    one of the finest GBA games i have ever played in my life. the controls work perfect, there is much taught put into the story and the music isone of the finest GBA games i have ever played in my life. the controls work perfect, there is much taught put into the story and the music is one of the best one the system. i love it! Expand
  5. Feb 19, 2020
    10
    One of the best game ever
    And we should have a sequel please please please.
  6. EricC.
    Feb 9, 2003
    9
    What's so addicting about this game is that it mimicks a game of chess. Well thought moves using a variety of units to achieve victory What's so addicting about this game is that it mimicks a game of chess. Well thought moves using a variety of units to achieve victory by either total defeat, capturing of the HQ, or some other task. Not doing anything when it's your turn is merely a part of the gameplay, and I'm surprised some see it as a negative. Sometimes, I found this game to be too addictive and I couldn't stop playing for hours. What makes this game great is the variety of strategy used in the battlefield. I would highly recommend this for any GBA owner. Expand
  7. Char
    Jul 25, 2002
    5
    A moderate war game but it lacks the intensity of other GBA war games like Zone of the Enders.

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#3 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2001
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#2 Most Shared Game Boy Advance Game of 2001